OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Washington has the highest state minimum wage in the nation, but a new bill being considered by lawmakers would allow some employers to pay a lower "training wage" to new employees for a certain period of time.
The measure heard before the Senate Commerce & Labor Committee on Wednesday would establish a special training certificate for employers with fewer than 50 employees. The certificate would allow them to pay new employees 75% of the minimum wage during a training period to last no longer than 680 hours. Washington state's minimum wage increased by 15 cents this month to $9.19 per hour.
Employers would only be able to use the certificate once per employee, and training wages could not be used on more than 10% of the employer's workforce.
Monday, May 20 2013 11:47 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:47:27 GMT
KHQ.COM - Time-lapsed video of a massive 2-mile-wide tornado rips through southern Oklahoma City on Monday. This footage has been sped up by 10X.>>
KHQ.COM - Time-lapsed video of a massive 2-mile-wide tornado rips through southern Oklahoma City on Monday. This footage has been sped up by 10X. So far more than 50 people have died, including 20 children, following the tornado that tore through Moore, Oklahoma Monday. Officials say that number is expected rise as crews work through the night to find people buried in the rubble. >>
Sunday, May 19 2013 7:54 PM EDT2013-05-19 23:54:08 GMT
KHQ.COM - The 2013 Spokane Lilac Festival Armed Forces Torchlight Parade is in the books. >>
KHQ.COM - The 2013 Spokane Lilac Festival Armed Forces Torchlight Parade is in the books. With tens of thousands of people in downtown Spokane watching the parade, the floats, the marching bands, we know you took plenty of pictures! Well, we want to see them!>>